Release Date: March 31, 2020
Two months have passed since the day I pushed Hayden away. Two months since I found out he loved me and wanted to be with me. I’ve been trying to move on and forget about him, but my heart refuses to listen.
Hayden had almost died saving me. Half of me wants to forgive him for everything and give him another chance. The other half prevents me from doing so, distrusting him and ignoring my heart’s desires. Hayden is dark and complicated, and as the days pass, he gets further away from me, ignoring me whenever our paths cross.
I have less than a year before I go to college, and I won’t see him ever again. I have to believe I will get over him and move on with my life. I have to believe in my future without him.
Unless he didn’t really move on, and our masks are about to fall.
This series is killing me, my heart has done more palpitations while reading this than I was prepared for. It’s just that freaking good!
Pained is the second book in the Bullies series and I fell in love with it just as much as I did the first one. SO SO good! I should mention that even though it’s a Bully book, it’s not as heavy on the bullying that I generally read in others of the genre, so keep that in mind. But what it lacked in bullying, it made up for with gut-wrenching, heartbreaking moments!
Let me say this; Vera doesn’t cringe away from the dark either. She shocks you with just how twisted and depraved others can and will be. She writes it amazingly too, it’s flawless!
Onto some character talk…Hayden…. OMG Hayden…Yeah, he’s definitely added to my ever-growing list of book boyfriends. Like seriously he is dark, twisted and delicious! Especially when we start to see other sides to him. He is the kind of Asshole that we HATE to LOVE…but love him we do! Sarah, is such a strong FMC, one of the strongest I have read in a while. She deals with so much and is surrounded with a freaking ton of hate but still remains strong. And the banter between the two! OMG I just love it! I think I’ve said that a lot…but whatever, I love it and I want everyone to read and love it as much as I do!
Oh, and before I finish this off…WTF IS WITH THAT ENDING!?!?!? I needed tissues, the ugly crying was unstoppable and again I showed my family proof of my craziness! So, this is my warning that it’s a cliffhanger that will leave you feeling soulless and your heart bleeding profusely! The Emotional Hangover is strong with this one! Can not WAIT until book 3!
* I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.*
“He smirked, his eyes heating. “Our rooms are very similar.”
That was true. Not only our walls were covered with the layers of our souls, but my room was also messy, so many papers, sticky notes, and art supplies lying all around. I wouldn’t change a single thing about it.
“That was why I felt…” He stopped mid-sentence, taking another drag of his cigarette.
My body leaned closer to him on its own. The mood between us shifted once more. “What?”
He locked his jaw and looked away. “It doesn’t matter.”
“It matters to me,” I whispered. Without conscious thought, I moved and covered his hand that rested on the mattress.
He flinched and looked at my hand, frowning. I feared he would pull his hand away, but he didn’t. “Why?”
My pulse beat madly in my throat. “Because… Because you matter to me.” I tightened my grip around his hand, feeling exposed. My eyes went to his scar, and I wished I could touch it, definitely not for the first time. “I want to know everything about you.”
His breathing sped up. “Everything?”
He sucked in a quick breath, taking in every line of my face with undiluted hunger. He balanced his cigarette on the edge of the ashtray and met my gaze.
“I felt at peace there,” he said hoarsely. “I felt like…”
I leaned even closer to him. “Yes?”
He swallowed. “Like I belonged there.”
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